Wolf Creek Narrows Natural Area

Wolf Creek Narrows is particularly known for its spectacular display of spring wildflowers, which includes Virginia bluebell, spring-beauty, trout-lily, and white trillium. Later in the summer, water willow, a low, shrubby plant with violet and white flowers, grows in thick beds within the shallow, rock-bottomed stream. Turks-cap lily adds color to the open floodplain at the southeastern corner of the property. The unusual walking fern, a small calciumloving species, can be found growing on some of the limestone boulders. The uncommon crepis rattlesnake root is found along the floodplain. Periodic flooding and ice scouring maintain the open conditions required by this species.

It is believed that the steep, narrow gorge of Wolf Creek originally formed when the ceiling of an ice-age cave eroded and collapsed due to runoff from the melting glacier. The site now consists of a high-quality stream meandering through towering 50-foot cliffs. Numerous springs pour from cracks in the steep walls, creating small waterfalls that flow into Wolf Creek. Restricted land-use and limited logging by the previous owners have resulted in mature stands of sugar maple and black cherry on the upper slopes, and a mixed hemlock-northern hardwood forest along the banks of Wolf Creek.

Source: Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Wolf Creek Narrows Natural Area
195 Miller Rd
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
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